OWL Introduces New Tournament Model For NA, Asia


OWL Introduces New Tournament Model For NA, Asia

Blizzard Entertainment struggled to host the season comeback of the Overwatch League due to event cancellations and online competition transitions. Forced to resort to alternative options, Blizzard will now host OWL Season 3 in May with a new tournament model. This means that we are actually set to find overwatch odds on top sportsbooks sooner than later.

Jon Spector, Vice President of the Overwatch League, announced the new format this week and outlined the structure. All league teams are now divided into two regions: North America and Asia. Thirteen teams based in North America will compete in one region, while seven teams based in Asia will compete with other regions in one tournament bracket.

Although there are now 2 divisions in the game, Blizzard still requires all players to follow the same set of rules in pro play, such as the following (1) all heroes will be available, but hero pools are suspended for all tournament matches, (2) higher-seeded teams have the advantage of picking the first map, (3) losing teams pick the second map in the series, and (4) teams who picked the previous map gets to pick again in ties.

Regional Division

NORTH AMERICA

Atlanta Reign
Boston Uprising
Dallas Fuel
Florida Mayhem
Houston Outlaws
Los Angeles Gladiators
Los Angeles Valiant
Paris Eternal
Philadelphia Fusion
San Francisco Shock
Toronto Defiant
Vancouver Titans
Washington Justice

ASIA (including NA teams who moved back to South Korea)

Chengdu Hunters
Guangzhou Charge
Hangzhou Spark
London Spitfire
New York Excelsior
Seoul Dynasty
Shanghai Dragons

May Tournament Schedule

NORTH AMERICA

May 22, Friday – Qualification Knockouts

Game 1 – 12 Seed vs 13 Seed
Game 2 – 5 Seed vs 9-12 Seed
Game 3 – 6 Seed vs 9-12 Seed
Game 4 – 7 Seed vs 9-12 Seed
Game 5 – 8 Seed vs Remaining Seed

May 23, Saturday – Quarterfinals

Game 6 – 1 Seed vs Winner of Game 2-5
Game 7 – 4 Seed vs Remaining Seed
Game 8 – 3 Seed vs Winner of Game 2-5
Game 9 – 4 Seed vs Winner of Game 2-5

May 24, Sunday – Semi-Finals & Grand Finals

Game 10 – Winner of Game 6 vs Winner of Game 7
Game 11 – Winner of Game 8 vs Winner of Game 9

Game 12 (Grand Finals) – Winner of Game 10 vs Winner of Game 11

ASIA

May 23, Saturday – Quarterfinals

Game 1 – 4 Seed vs Remaining Seed
Game 2 – 3 Seed vs 5-7 Seed
Game 3 – 2 Seed vs 5-7 Seed

May 24, Sunday – Semi-Finals & Grand Finals

Game 4 – 1 Seed vs Winner of Game 2
Game 5 – Winner of Game 2 vs Winner of Game 3

Game 6 (Grand Finals) – Winner of Game 4 vs Winner of Game 5